Bronze Age ancient burial mounds discovered next door to mysterious Stonehenge

A 4,400-year-old ancient burial site has been discovered next to one of the United Kingdom's most famous historical spaces.

Bronze Age burial mounds found during building development just 10 miles away from the mysterious Stonehenge.

The site, believed to be a cemetery, contains 20 circular mounds thought to have been built sometime between 2,400 BC and 1,500 BC.

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The excavations on the site near Harnham, Salisbury was carried out by Cotswold Archaeology, starting in 2016.

A spokesman said: “Construction of a new residential housing development by Vistry at Netherhampton Road, on the edge of Harnham, a southern suburb of Salisbury, has provided the opportunity to uncover some of the remains of a major round barrow cemetery and its landscape setting.

“Round barrows were first constructed in the Neolithic period, although most were built during the Beaker and Early Bronze Age, and usually consist of a central burial, a mound, and an enclosing ditch.

“Their size can vary from less than 10m in diameter to an impressive 50m, although most average 20-30m.

“As our current excavations come to an end, our post-excavation team will start analysing and researching the excavated material.”

During the work, the site was also found to have a watering hole and a huge, which contained animal bones, pottery and other ancient artefacts such as an arrowhead.

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Although the burial grounds are around 10 miles away from Stonehenge, it could give those unimpressed with the ancient site something new to look at.

The prehistoric monument on Salisbury Plain attracts more than 800,000 visitors a year.

However, not all visitors are blown away by the 5,000 year old monument even though it marks a civilisation over 1,000 years older than the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt.

One holidaymaker posted a review saying it was "just a pile of rocks".

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Moody customers have been taking to TripAdvisor to leave one-star reviews and voice their opinions over the UK's best loved tourist attractions.

One review said: "It's a pile of rocks, and everyone on the A303 slows down to look at them. Pointless. Save yourself the time and don't go."

While another commented: "Some humdrum old rocks about twice the height of a Mondeo driver."

Another compared the magnificent Stonehenge to "watching paint dry" or a "five hour wait in A&E."

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